September 30, 2002

A page that lists price

A page that lists price drops. Cool. Thanks to Evehead for the link. ZDNet Shopper - Price Drops

Posted by Pedraum at 03:55 PM |

I've been reading a lot

I've been reading a lot about Ranchero Software's NetNewsWire . Jerry, I think it's worth a look.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:30 PM |

The idea of optimization has

The idea of optimization has been a fascinating one to me for some time now. It has applications in so many areas and has such broad implications that I've always wanted to study it academically to get a firm foundation in it. But who has the time to commit to a class while working full time and trying to be a good father and husband? Thanks to Jerry came a link to MIT's OpenCourseWare. In the words of MIT's President, Charles M. Vest:

"MIT OpenCourseWare reflects the commitment of the MIT faculty to advancing education by increasing access to their academic materials through the Internet and the World Wide Web. We believe that with modern communication technology we can not only transmit information but also stimulate and enhance the deeply human, person-to-person endeavor of education."

Word.

Anyway, back to the topic of optimization...15.053 Introduction to Optimization, Course Home

Posted by Pedraum at 11:13 AM |

September 27, 2002

You gotta know when to

You gotta know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em...Most importantly, you gotta know when to run.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:30 PM |

The Eleven Commandments For Controlling

The Eleven Commandments For Controlling Your E-mail. This is good stuff.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:26 AM |

I'm psyched! (What am I

I'm psyched! (What am I 15?) Polly Esther (ne Heather Havrilesky) is a blogger. I used to love reading her Filler column on Suck oh so long ago. Give her a try, you'll like what you find.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:11 AM |

We've got a decent Sony

We've got a decent Sony TV and we've been pretty happy with it, especially for watching DVD's with the 16:9 compression turned on. But with the new house's layout, we're not digging the central role the TV is currently taking in the living room. Well, a plasma screen sure would take care of this. And I've found a site that sells these bad boys for cheap ("cheap"). I'm tempted but my friend Tim gives a stern warning:

"Plasma is NOT mature yet. Blacks show as grey and sometimes there is smearing. Also, the ones from the BROADCAST side of the houses do not have all the right scaling sw and stuff. Best to stay away from Plasma for a few years yet."

Well, I'm still tempted because the idea of hanging the TV on the wall and saving all that floor space is appetizing to be sure.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:15 AM |

So now that we're in

So now that we're in our new house (I know, I know post-remodeling pictures on their way) I'm thinking about my home home theatre area and how to set it up for maximum bang. Running wires is one of the problems I'm deaking with right now. TO help me in this quest I've found a dandy site called Labor Saving Devices (LSD--what a trip). Check out the Wire and Cable Fishing Tools and Accessories for some very ingenious tools. If you've ever had to run wire through walls you'll know what a great idea some of these tools are.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:53 AM |

September 26, 2002

The Rolling Stones are a

The Rolling Stones are a money making machine. Wanna know how they do it? Read on.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:23 PM |

Thanks to the good people

Thanks to the good people at Backup Brain for pointing me in the direction of this NYTimes article (free registration required). I'm a Netflix subscriber but maybe not for much longer. I'll tell you more soon...I promise.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:10 PM |

September 25, 2002

Back by popular demand, it's

Back by popular demand, it's more weird, and aforetime secretive, details of the road artist. This time, instead of learning how much an artist makes for a performance, we find out what they need backstage in the form of their contract riders.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:33 PM |

"In the short run, the

"In the short run, the market's a voting machine and sometimes people vote very unintelligently. In the long run, it's a weighing machine and the weight of business and how it does is what affects values over time." Read more about Warren Buffet's market opining here. Thanks to Shastri for the link.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:58 PM |

September 22, 2002

Blackberry to blog

This is the first time I'm sending an e-mail to create a posting. I plan on using this as a means to jot down quick thoughts from wherever I am about whatever I happen to be seeing. You're welcome to come along 4 the ride.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:55 PM |

Weekends are too short.

Weekends are too short.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:53 PM |

September 20, 2002

Hey Jerry, how'd you like

Hey Jerry, how'd you like an air-powered car. Most telling quote: "The concept has proven quite appealing, especially to countries outside the United States."

Posted by Pedraum at 03:29 PM |

This is my buddy



This is my buddy Hasan's morning commute from San Francisco to Novato--pictures taken this morning. Not bad eh?

Posted by Pedraum at 11:04 AM |

Everyone feels a little schadenfreude

Everyone feels a little schadenfreude seeing the demise of the dotcom bubble and with it the punky 25-year-olds with their pesky Porsches and Audi TTs. Think about this though, lots of foundations that do much good are also subject to the same ebb and flow of the market that affect those with less lofty goals. This hits especially close to home as my wife works for a non-profit organization that depends on the funding of just foundations.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:54 AM |

September 18, 2002

This monkey was mocking


This monkey was mocking me so I went apes**t and kicked its butt.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:51 AM |

September 17, 2002

Folks that say online maps

Folks that say online maps suck probably don't understand the full extent of what goes into making them a reality online.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:56 AM |

September 16, 2002

Everyone has their price. Biggest

Everyone has their price. Biggest outliers in my opinion: Del Amitri for $5K--such a deal. And Tracy Chapman for $200K, I'll take Blackalicious for $7K thanks very much.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:41 AM |

With thanks to Sean comes

With thanks to Sean comes a couple of videos and a great interview with Paul Westerberg.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:24 AM |

September 13, 2002

Hey hot pants! So you're

Hey hot pants! So you're telling me I shouldn't place my cell phone in my pocket anymore?

Posted by Pedraum at 09:54 AM |

Old Skool smiley talk circa

Old Skool smiley talk circa 1982. The First Smiley :-)

Posted by Pedraum at 09:52 AM |

September 12, 2002

What are the odds? Well,

What are the odds? Well, the odds are exactly known and are the same every night. But it's a huge coincidence none the less. Thanks to Gil for the link. CNN.com - New York lottery winning numbers: 9-1-1 - September 12, 2002

Posted by Pedraum at 03:50 PM |

Being a sucker for The

Being a sucker for The Godfather and The Sopranos the story of who killed Tupac Shakur is totally interesting for me. This LA Times article is very well-written and the research seems diligent. If I were the author though, I'm not sure I'd be publishing my name atop it.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:32 PM |

September 11, 2002

The students in Iran are

The students in Iran are fed up--it's they that are gonna lead a changing of the guard in that country's intolerant leadership. This letter written to the United States from the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI) is a good sign.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:01 PM |

I gotta thank memepool for

I gotta thank memepool for this link. What do you get when you cross a a Portugese writer with so-so English skills, a French-English phrase book and a Portugese-French dictionary? English as She is Spoke

Posted by Pedraum at 11:48 AM |

Mixing propane and MIDI is

Mixing propane and MIDI is something I'd expect Jerry to come up with.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:38 AM |

Next time you're about to

Next time you're about to enjoy a meal abord an airplane, remeber to pull out your digital camera to record the cusine for posterity @ airlinemeals.net.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:19 AM |

September 09, 2002

From pilots licenses to pedophilia,

From pilots licenses to pedophilia, this list former dotcom who's-who-ers shows just how low you can go.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:00 PM |

So you know we bought

So you know we bought this new house right? OK, so we went to IKEA this weekend to do some shopping. We got there @ 10:30 in the morning and our friend Farbod, visiting from Chile, met us there soon after. Any guesses about how long we spent there?....eight (8) hours. That's right, we shopped at IKEA for 8 hours. It wasn't our plan to spend that long there mind you. Ariane thought we'd be back in Palo Alto by 2p.m. I disabused her of this notion fairly quickly to avoid any expectations being blown away...and to prevent emotional swells.

Emotional swells there were. For those that don't know about IKEA imagine a few football fields next to each other and stacked two high. Now imagine a bunch of particle board, pastel colors, and frosted glass. That's IKEA. As a shopper you can pick some items off of either big or small shelves and special order other things meaning they get reserved in the local inventory system for pick up after you've paid for them at the register. After seven hours of shopping and fighting with crowds, we finished our stint at the cash register and Ariane headed for our special orders pick-up while I headed to bring the truck around to the front of the store.

With the truck in '5 minute parking' I was chained to it to ward off the roaming parking cops. An hour later, I finally headed in to check up on how Ariane was progressing, leaving the truck in Farbod's hands. I arrived to see Ariane at the customer service window, tears welled up in her eyes: "They oversold the racks to the wardrobe and they won't ship them to us. We have to come back!" Did I mention we'd been at this store for 8 hours now? After some negotiating, the store agreed to send us our racks for no charge (Gee, thanks. We only spent about 10x the value of the racks today. You guys are real altruists.).

I can't say I'm looking forward to going back to IKEA any time soon but I am looking forward to our house once everything is in order.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:46 AM |

September 06, 2002

First female taxi service launched

First female taxi service launched in Iran. It may seem like a trivial event but I see it more as a milestone in what we all hope is to become a path towards moderation on Iran.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:25 AM |

When I was a kid

When I was a kid I was a Superman fanatic--so much so that I wore my Superman underoos one year for halloween. Now I know you all are asking if my scrawny legs were bare and exposed to the Northern California October evening chill. Rest assured my worry-warted readers, I had red tights on underneath (ahem, [cough] how bout them 'niners?).

Posted by Pedraum at 09:40 AM |

September 05, 2002

Do you live in California/

Do you live in California/ Do you like to drive fast? Then you'd better bookmark The Ticket Assassin.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:04 AM |

September 04, 2002

OK, if my garbage truck

OK, if my garbage truck blurted out of a loudspeaker: "How much does a pound of cabbage cost?" I think I would, like totally freak out. Fer sher.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:13 PM |

September 03, 2002

"Dad, will you get off

"Dad, will you get off my back...it's not a tattoo it's a blood glucose monitoring system!"

Posted by Pedraum at 10:23 PM |

Support local radio...especially shows with

Support local radio...especially shows with excellent playlists.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:37 AM |

The idea of a laundry

The idea of a laundry machine paging me when it's finished seems absurd and strangley practical at the same time. Now, all they need to do is hook up the photocopiers to let me know when the person before me is done copying their butt.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:32 AM |

Sean "Puffy P. Diddy Whatever"

Sean "Puffy P. Diddy Whatever" Combs had a party. He has party rules, here they are.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:24 AM |

Here's EE applied to a

Here's EE applied to a field I can get into...guitars.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:20 AM |